Headteacher Newsletter Issue 15
FORTNIGHTLY NEWSLETTER ISSUE 15: 5.5.22
This week we had an OFSTED inspection in the school which lasted two days. The outcome will be issued in about three weeks when it has been confirmed. The Staff, Governors and children were an absolute credit to the school making it very clear what a great school we have. I am very proud of them all and want to thank them all for their hard work and support. Thank you to all the parents for their kind and supportive messages.
County Cross Country final
Well done to Polly for coming 13th out of 126 at the Cross Country final. We are incredibly proud of her. This is an amazing achievement.
British Olympic Fencer – Linda Strachan – visits our school
On Monday 25th April we were fortunate to have a visit from Linda Strachan, a two time British Olympic fencer who has been awarded the Queens honour award. She talked to the children about her sporting experiences and raised the profile of the future commonwealth games. The children will be taking part in some sporting activities later in the term to celebrate this event. Each class were also given the opportunity to hold the Olympic torch that Linda brought into school for the children to see.
Thank you to all the parents that were able to attend Tray Day. It was great to have so many families being represented. We hope you enjoyed looking at your child’s work with your child.
Music Competition Winners
Mrs Thomas the piano teacher organised a composing competition. There were two winners. Congratulations
go to Consuello in class 1 for KS1 and to Poppy in class 3 for KS2.
Essex Wellbeing Service – ‘In Your Area’
The Essex Wellbeing Service has a handy search function called ‘In Your Area’, which allows you to enter your location to view local services in either a list or map format. This page also includes ‘Live Well, Link Well’, which can help to find and connect to well-known support organisations across the county, such as United in Kind Coaches, HeadsUp and access to virtual support plus much more. They have asked us to share this information with staff and families.
The school office should be notified on the first day of each absence before registration at 9.00am and this should be followed up in writing on the day of return.
If your child has been vomiting or had an upset stomach, a 48 hour leave of absence from the last episode is required. For guidance on other illnesses please contact the School Office or refer to the document on the website in the ‘Attendance’ section – “Guidance on infection control in schools and other childcare settings”.
School starts at 8.50 a.m. We have noticed several children are consistently arriving late for school – ‘late’ is defined by not being within the school gates by 8.50 a.m. Please make every effort to be at school on time and if you know that your journey will be disrupted by road works, do allow time for this.
Please note that lateness is recorded on a per pupil basis.
This is a gentle reminder not to use mobile phones whilst on the school site. This is part of our safeguarding policy for all of our children.
Application for leave of absence for term time holidays
Guidance from the Local Authority:
“Leave of absence may only be granted by a person authorised in that behalf by the proprietor of the school. As from 1st September 2013, the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 amended Regulation 7 to prohibit the proprietor of a maintained school from granting leave of absence to a pupil, except where an advance application has been made by the parent with whom the pupil normally resides, and the proprietor considers that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application.
Taking your child out of school during term time could be detrimental to your child’s educational progress. There is no entitlement to parents to take their child out of school during term time, however, you may apply to the school for leave of absence if you believe there are exceptional circumstances.
If the absence is not authorised and the holiday is taken, the case will be referred to the Education Welfare Service who may issue a Penalty Notice for £120 (or £60 if paid within 21 days) to each parent for each child taken out of school.”
Please note occasional days for birthdays and treats cannot be authorised and cheaper prices cannot be considered to be a valid reason. No leave of absence will be granted during our assessment weeks or the first week of the Autumn term. Medical appointments, if at all possible, should be made outside school hours. Siblings of children attending medical appointments should remain in school.
Free School Meals Funding
You can register for Free Schools Meals Funding if you meet the criteria below.
If you have a child in Key Stage One and are receiving the free meal, which is part of the universal offer, you could be missing out on this additional funding for the school, which will support your child with their learning, if you meet the criteria below. You have to apply for this funding. If you think you meet the criteria below then please follow the guidance below and contact the school office.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
9th – 12th May KS2 SATs week
11th May Striking Festival KS1
13th May Sharing Assembly with year 3 parents
19th May FOC disco
20th May Sharing Assembly with year 5 parents
23rd May Crucial Crew
25th May Years 5 and 6 Cricket
26th May Years 3 and 4 Cricket
30th May – 3rd June Half Term
27th May FOC Royal Dress Up and School Tea Party TBC
6th June INSET day
w/b 6th June Phonics week
8th June Years 3 – 6 athletics pm
9th June Year 6 residential trip meeting with parents
10th June Sharing Assembly with year 4 parents
20th June pm FOC Fun Run TBC
22nd June Athletics festival KS1
23rd June New Reception Induction morning
24th June Sharing Assembly with year 1 parents
27th June Sports Day
29th June KS2 Commonwealth Athletic 10 – 1pm
1st July Tray Day
8th July Sharing Assembly with year 2 parents
11th – 13th July Year 6 Residential Year 6 Residential
15th July Sharing Assembly with Reception parents
18th July Parent Evening – early
18th July Class Swap 11 – 12
19th July Church Service
19th July Parent Evening – late
20th July Leavers’ Assembly
21st July Last day of term
STAR OF THE WEEK
Week ending April 22nd
Reception Lunetta – for excellent morning work, writing words independently
Year One Consuello – for super work in Geography labelling continents and countries
Year Two Phoenix – for measuring carefully and using her ruler to measure centimetres
Year Three Evelyn – for an excellent start to fractions
Year Four Eli – for being a supportive class mate, team player and helper
Year Five Taylor – for always giving 100% in all his learning
Year Six Joseph – for his improved focus in Maths
Week ending April 29th
Reception Oscar – for brilliant use of a ten frame to make teen numbers
Year One Thomas – for always asking and answering great questions
Year Two Lottie – for writing some super expanded noun phrases
Year Three Mollie – for excellent fraction class work
Year Four Max – for amazing effort in his writing and Maths this week
Year Five Joshua – for his great work on angles in Maths
Year Six Ethan – for his positive attitude towards his learning
The It Didn’t Go Unnoticed Award
26.4.22 Year One – especially Jaxon, Frankie, Kyle, Isaac, Caleb and Hugo, for being a kind friend to others and helping Midday Assistants and Playleaders
WRITER OF THE WEEK
|W/B 25.4.22||R Lunetta for independent writing|
1 Connor for excellent use of adjectives
2 Harry for excellent effort with all his handwriting
3 Jemima for great presentation in all areas
4 Darcie for great effort all week with handwriting
5 Robin for fantastic descriptive noun phrases
6 Olivia A for a super short story
Look out for our next edition of ‘Friday Focus’:
The fortnightly Friday Focus is a chance for every class at Clavering to share their learning with the Clavering School community. It is a great opportunity to find out what each year group has been up to and engage in conversations around learning.
If you have any questions at any time, please feel free to make an appointment.
Have a good weekend.